[JPL] NEA Jazz Masters Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06

r durfee rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 10 17:11:17 EDT 2006


Now that you have started this discussion, I'd say,
maybe Andrew Hill, currently ailing and still
creating, "would have been more appropriate."
thanks...roy

--- Jim Wilke <jwilke123 at comcast.net> wrote:

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> Oh, I could cut him a little slack.   I'll never
> forget that afternoon 
> many years ago when I walked into a club where he
> was booked to set up 
> for a live radio show that night, and there was this
> guy with his back 
> to me playing the most beautiful solo piano version
> of the aria from 
> the Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 - I sat
> and listened in the 
> empty dark club until he was done and was amazed to
> find it was Ramsey 
> Lewis -  all I knew of him was The In Crowd and Wade
> In the Water and I 
> was already tired of them then.
> 
> One of his recent CDs "Time Flies" has him still
> flogging those same 
> two hits, but there's also a beautiful theme from
> Brahms Symphony No.3, 
> some Bach, etc.     No, he doesn't belong in the
> same company as 
> previous winners, but he is capable of some
> beautiful piano work when 
> you get him away from his hits.
> 
> He also got some good general audience exposure for
> some deserving 
> people like Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Chick Corea,
> Benny Golson, Kurt 
> Elling, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Palmieri in his recent
> TV series.  I'm sure 
> some viewers who never are exposed to jazz got some
> idea what the 
> music's about through the players on this series.
> 
> Although none of this makes him a jazz piano master,
> perhaps the "jazz 
> advocacy" award would have been more appropriate.
> 
> Jim Wilke
> 
> 
> On Tuesday, October 10, 2006, at 01:14  PM, Bob
> Stockton wrote:
> 
> >
> > If I have to listen to "The In Crowd" one more
> time.........
> 
> 
> > ----- Original Message ----- From:
> <s8nochaser at aol.com>
> > To: <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 2:54 PM
> > Subject: Re: [JPL] NEA Jazz Masters
> Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06
> >
> > Congratulation to them all. It's a great honor to
> be sure.
> >
> > Now that I understand there is a "campaign" aspect
> to being selected, 
> > doesn't make Ramsey freakin' Lewis' inclusion any
> less strange and out 
> > of place. In fact his addition as a pianist in the
> company of those 
> > who preceed him is a sham, plain & simple.
> >
> > Ramsey Lewis joins:
> > Basie
> > Teddy Wilson
> > Jay McShann
> > Barry Harris
> > Hank Jones
> > Ahmad Jamal
> > Horace Silver
> > Dave Brubeck
> > Tommy Flanagan
> > Marian McPartland
> > John Lewis
> > McCoy
> > Herbie
> > Chick
> > Shirley Horn
> >
> >
> > There are times when I'm not the most PC person in
> the world, and now 
> > is one of them.
> >
> > Even among this year's entries doesn't his name
> seem out of place? I 
> > mean, how would one introduce this guy to an
> audience? Whatever it is 
> > they'll come up with he's going to sound way
> better than the actual 
> > results. "As a long time champion of mostly middle
> of the road 
> > offerings, and as the long time host on BET,
> behind some of the 
> > softest stuff on the planet, and let's not forget
> his own multi-decade 
> > career on piano ocassionally playing a few things
> that were *nice*, 
> > and oh BTW, as one of the darlings of PBS/PRI had
> one hell of a 
> > campaign............."
> >
> >
> http://www.nea.gov/national/jazz/alljazzmasters.html
> Here, you can 
> > find all the previous winners.
> >
> > Mike Schwartz/KSJS
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
> > To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> > Sent: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 11:21 AM
> > Subject: [JPL] NEA Jazz Masters
> Announced...NYTimes 10/9/06
> >
> > Masters of Jazz
> >
> > The big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi, the pianist
> > Ramsey Lewis and the vocalist Jimmy Scott are
> among
> > seven musicians who have been designated Jazz
> Masters,
> > the nation’s highest jazz honor, by the National
> > Endowment for the Arts, The Associated Press
> reported.
> > The others are the hard-bop trombonist Curtis
> Fuller;
> > the tenor saxophonist and influential flutist
> Frank
> > Wess; the alto saxophonist Phil Woods, who was
> honored
> > in the composer-arranger category; and Dan
> > Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz
> Studies
> > at Rutgers University, who was chosen in the jazz
> > advocacy category. They are to receive their
> awards,
> > including a $25,000 fellowship, at a ceremony and
> > concert on Jan. 12 in New York.
> >
> >
> >
> > Roy Durfee
> > P.O. Box 40219
> > Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196-0219
> > rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
> 
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